Differences between college and high school

By: Addison Strack

The transition from high school to college is a big one, and there are some major differences between the two that will be talked about in this article.

One of the first major differences between high school and college is that throughout high school, you rely on your counselors and teachers to organize your schedule.

Once you get to college though, you will have to create your own schedule. You will have to arrange your classes to fit your agenda, and organize your schedule according to other things going on in your life.

Another difference between high school and college is the amount of time you spend in classes. In high school you will have back to back classes for around six hours a day, Monday through Friday.

Once you get to college you’ll only spend around twelve to sixteen hours in class each week, and usually you’ll have breaks in between classes. Some days you may only have one class, depending on how you create your schedule.

The workload and testing in college is also a lot different than in high school. In high school, your teachers will assign you homework, and remind you of when the homework is due. There will usually be tests that cover smaller amounts of material, where you will have to recall and understand information that you have been taught. If you are absent during a test, there are usually make-up tests available as well.

In college, you may not be assigned homework, but you will have a substantial amount of notes and studying to do outside of class. You will have to use what you have learned in your lessons, and apply it to different situations on the tests, which will usually cover larger amounts of materials. Since these tests cover larger amounts of material, they will be more infrequent. There usually aren’t make-up tests either.

One final major difference between college and high school is the financial part of it. You can go to high school for free, and most of the textbooks you need will be provided for you by the school.

Once you get to college, if you live on campus, you will have to pay for housing and dining, and you will also have to buy your own textbooks. Some colleges require computers as well.

The bottom line is that once you get to college, you will have a lot more freedom, but with that freedom comes more responsibilities. You will have to learn how to manage your time and money, and how to stay organized, all while balancing your school and social life.

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